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861 Ratings



Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Italy, 1946
Drama, Comedy, Anthology


Roberto Rossellini’s follow-up to his breakout Rome Open City was the ambitious, enormously moving Paisan, which consists of six episodes set during the liberation of Italy at the end of World War II, taking place across the country, from Sicily to the northern Po Valley.

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Paisan Directed by Roberto Rossellini

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1946 | Winner: ANICA Cup

1946 | Special Mention: International Critics Award (Feature Films)

Academy Awards

1950 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

National Board of Review

1948 | 3 wins including: Best Film

There was nothing artless about Rossellini’s moviemaking. The first, third, and fifth chapters are carefully fashioned in their lighting and subtle, quietly mobile camerawork, flickers of poetic and spiritual depth allowed to subsist in the lighting caressing the faces of Joe and Carmela and Fred and Francesca, or pooling in the monastery’s corners, and the chiaroscuro battles of light and dark that confirm the influence of the pre-war poetic realists on Rossellini.
January 29, 2018
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To Roberto Rossellini, war is the ordeal that pushes to extremes the chaos inherent within human beings… An aquatic void fills the final shot — following the nightmare, a nation ponders the depths as it struggles to lift its head.
September 25, 2010
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The overriding theme is communication, both the tragedies that occur when it breaks down and the connections possible when people from different cultures understand each other. Several segments take the form of war adventures, too, but Rossellini’s camera persists on catching unforgettable horrors, like the bodies of dead partisans set adrift on the Po River.
February 03, 2010
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